Posts Tagged ‘deep sleep’

My biohacks

October 27, 2019

The word “biohacks” seems to be popular these days. I take it to mean doing some action on the body that gets rapid results.

Here are my biohacks:

  1. Sleep: 8 or more hours of deep sleep will eliminate mental and physical toxins. This is the most important biohack.
  2. Foam rolling: 10 minutes of foam rolling every day releases the fascia (connective tissue that covers the muscles). It makes you more mobile.
  3. 10-minute walk after each meal: three 10-minute walks every day balances the body’s blood sugar level, reduces cholesterol, and a bunch of other wonderful things. Next to sleep, this is the best biohack.
  4. Eat simple, unprocessed foods: make meals from scratch, using real ingredients.
  5. Deep breathing: breathe in deeply, exhale, hold. This will push oxygen into your body and brain. Yogis have been doing this for thousands of years. Very important biohack.
  6. Fresh pepper: improves digestion!
  7. Read for enjoyment: let your mind be immersed in another life, it will release stress.
  8. Exercise: many of the sins from poor eating can be reduced or eliminated by regular exercise.
  9. Vacation: get away from work. Think of other things. It will keep your mind fresh.
  10. Fresh rosemary plus mint: forget coffee (i.e. caffeine). Rosemary and mint in a glass of water plus the juice of a fresh lime will make your mind alert. Remember, caffeine doesn’t make you alert, it merely blocks the sleep receptors in your brain, i.e., it just makes you less sleepy.
  11. Super-strong peppermint tea: when I feel a cold or flu coming on, I make a super-strong batch of peppermint tea: pour hot water over one cup of loose peppermint. It doesn’t eliminate the cold/flu, but it does lessen its duration and intensity.
  12. Chinese cupping: remember the odd ring marks on Michael Phelps back at the last Olympics? That was from cupping. I have found cupping to be very effective at providing instant relief from back pain.
  13. Hot-cold baths: I fill one bathtub with hot water. I fill the other bathtub with cold water and 30 pounds of ice. I soak 2 minutes in the hot water, immediately followed by 2 minutes in the ice bath. Repeat three more times. After that, all aches and pains are magically gone.

Translations

This blog article has been translated to Swedish by Medicinska Nyheter.

Last night I taped my mouth shut

January 10, 2018

I heard that taping the mouth shut will yield deeper sleep. Supposedly, mouth-breathing (and snoring) while sleeping is not conducive to deep sleep. I slept well, I think. I seemed to be more aware of my dreams. The tape that I used is called Somnifix. A good thing is the tape came right off, painlessly, in the morning. And it wasn’t uncomfortable to wear at night.